With upcoming changes to the SATV system being discussed at Microsoft, our Strategic Alliances Director, Gary Duffield explains a little about the history of Software Assurance Training Vouchers (SATV’s), and where they’re heading.
Why you need to plan now to ensure you get what you paid for.
A little history:
For more years than I can remember, I co-wrote and delivered the first Microsoft Sales Specialist training, it was all NT4 and SNA Server back then. There was a half a day on Microsoft licensing. I must have trained 500 partners on how to license an MS solution, how to sell Enterprise Agreements and how to add Software Assurance. Back then, Software Assurance was a simple device. Pay a fee and get upgraded protection. So, if you deployed under your Enterprise Agreement NT 3.51, you could get NT 4 “free”. But what if there were no software upgrades? Well, that didn’t matter as the client also got Software Assurance Training Vouchers (SATVs)… a way to get high-quality training from a Microsoft Learning Partner. For free.
Spring forward to today:
Software Assurance is a Volume Licensing Program that includes a number of benefits, including SATVs. Each SATV can be redeemed for a single day of technical training from DDLS. Most of the Technical courses are eligible. DDLS has been working with organisations to ensure they got maximum value from their investment in Microsoft technology, in fact, we won the Global Learning Award in 2016 on the back of a project that saw us redeem every SATV in the Western Australian Government. But the market has changed. The big software drops from NT 4 to Server 2000 are almost confined to history. Azure, 365, even Windows 10, are evergreen, you won’t put a floppy disk in your cloud and run upgradeAzure.exe.
Here is what you need to know:
- Deployment Planning Services will first remove the cloud eligibility on 1st February 2020
- Retirement of Azure training from SATV catalogue on 1st February 2020
- Retire accrual of new training vouchers on 1st February 2021
- Last day to redeem training vouchers for existing contracts will be January 1st 2022.
Here is what you need to do (subject to Microsoft not changing the terms/date):
- Check to see if your organisation has Software Assurance and SATVs
- Speak to you benefits administrator to see how many are outstanding
- Work with DDLS to make sure you get what you have already paid for
- BOOK any Azure courses BEFORE 1/2/2020 (we understand courses need to be booked and consumed before this date)
- Ensure you have planned and consumed all your training before 1/1/22.
We highly recommend that you lock in Azure training as soon as possible. We’ll let you know via uLearn if any of these details change.
You can view our Azure schedule here.
To book your Azure training, contact 1800 853 276 or email [email protected]
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